Honest boy Amir Azizan Hashim / Pic Credit
BATU PAHAT: When 13-year-old Amir Azizan Hashim returned a handbag with S$15,000 (RM37,500) to the rightful owner, he did not expect to be troubled by the massive media attention that followed.We're definitely very proud of your action, Amir! You've set an extraordinary example for all Malaysians!
The SMK Dato Syed Esa student has been hounded for interviews by Malay dailies and Singaporean journalists since the owner, a Singaporean woman, called his school to thank him for his honesty.[...]
Amir was cycling home after buying a newspaper for his mother at a shop in Taman Soga about two months ago when he spotted the woman at a supermarket carpark.
“I saw her placing her handbag on the roof of her car. But then she got into her car and drove off and the handbag fell off the roof.
“I picked up the handbag from the ground and chased after the car on my bicycle. I managed to stop her at a T-junction about 200m away,” he said, adding that inside the bag were a passport and an envelope with the cash.
He said when he showed the woman the handbag, she immediately thanked him and offered him S$10 (RM25) as a token of appreciation but Amir refused the money.
“My mother told me that we must not take things that do not belong to us,” said Amir, who received a certificate of appreciation from the school during Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi’s visit in January.
“I didn’t expect that returning other people’s belongings could draw so much attention,” he said, adding that he felt nervous by it.